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Nation mourns passing away of Vajpayee


Agartala, August 16, 2018: The nation mourns passing away of India’s one of tallest statesman and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at New Delhi on Thursday. The icon of India’s political arena died at 5.05pm at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) where he was admitted nine weeks ago with multiple health issues. 

Vajpayee, three times Prime Minister, was 93.

Government of India declared seven day national mourning to pay homage to the departed leader. He will be accorded state funeral Friday.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb joins scores of chief ministers, union ministers, top leaders from opposition parties, prominent citizens and organisations.

I-Day award for 15 Railway Staff


Agartala, July 14, 2018: 15 railway staff whose outstanding performance led to avoidance of train accidents during last few months will be awarded by the General Manager, NF Railway Sanjive Roy on the occasion of the Independence Day. 

On June 14 Dwarika Gupta, Track Maintainer, Ambassa station under Lumding Division noticed huge slipped earth and a big fallen tree between Manu and Jawaharnagar stations. He managed to stop the approaching passenger train thereby preventing major accident.

On June 25 Karan Das and Robin Chandra Nath both Track Maintainers, Barpeta Road under Rangiya division detected hot axle in Goods train between Patiladaha and Sorbhog stations. They stopped the train by showing red signal and thus averted major accident.

On July 5 Rupak Nath Technician while performing rolling in examination of Awadh Assam Express at New Bongaigaon station detected one lever in hanging condition which was rubbing with axle. It was rectified immediately and an accident was averted.

Jay Ram, Sub-Inspector of RPF, Mariani under Tinsukia Division managed to quickly apprehend the culprits involved in heinous crimes which took place in trains on July 10 and 11 in Simalguri and Mariani stations. 

Hari Prasad Roy, Loco Pilot and Shri Keshav Kaushik, Sr.  Asst. Loco Pilot under Alipurduar Division while working train no 15417 on July 18 noticed one tractor with trolly on track between Tipkai  and Sapatgram stations . They immediately controlled and stopped the train and thus prevented collision.

Mithun Biswas, Track Maintainer, Abutara station under Alipurduar Division while performing duty in early morning of July 25 noticed one unusual object on track between Dinhata and Bamanhat stations.  Immediately he informed all concerned and stopped train movement. Later it was detected as a bomb, thus an accident was avoided.

Rupesh Roy and Kaushal Kumar both Track Maintainers at Barsoi under Katihar Division while performing Night Monsoon Patrolling duty detected heavy rain cut and rolling down of ballast between Sudhani and Barsoi stations. They immediately informed all concerned and stopped train movement thus preventing accident.

Randhi Linga Raju and Bablu Kumar, both Track Maintainers of Aluabari station under Katihar Division while performing Night Monsoon Patrolling duty on August 6 detected Flash Butt Welding failure in track between Gaisal and Panjipara stations. They immediately informed all concerned and stopped train movement in time thus preventing any accident.

G. Iswar Rao, Technician under Tinsukia Division while examination of UP BOXN stock on December 12 2017 detected one broken CBC Yoke which is not easily visible from outside. It was replaced and train parting avoided.

Brown sugar seized in Agartala hotel


Agartala, August 14, 2018: Police confiscated brown sugar worth several lakhs from a hotel here. One person has been arrested in connection with the seizure at Joynagar locality of Agartala city.

A senior police official on Tuesday said that acting on a tip off they raided the hotel on Monday night and seized 140 gm Brown Sugar.

The arrested man has been identified as Debasish Sharma, a resident of Gurugram in Haryana. He is suspected to be member of illegal narcotic racket operating in the state. 

ONGC awards bicycle race champions


Agartala, August 14, 2018: Tripura Deputy Chief Minister of Tripura Jishnu Dev Varma awarded the winners of State Level Bicycle Championship organised  by  ONGC on the occasion of 63rd ONGC Day on Tuesday at ONGC Base Complex in Agartala. 

Jishnu Dev Varma addressing the cyclists and ONGCians said, “ ONGC Tripura Asset is serving the state for long and it is doing commendable job for the people of Tripura. By organizing state Level Cycle Championship, it not only encourages sport, it is also building mass awareness for environment.”

Speaking on the occasion ED Asset Manager G K Singha Roy said that “The thrust on bicycling is in consonance with ONGC’s vision on promotion of Sports as well as  the Environment and Promotion of Health related activities. He added that ONGC would continually support Sports related activity as a responsible overall “Corporate Citizen” and participate in various Sports Activities to promote various Sports in Tripura.’’

The rally which had 252 registrations in the Boys’ category  and23 in the Girls’ encompassed a route of 30 Km through the outer parts of Agartala for the Boys and half of that (15 Km) for the Girls. Cash prizes were later given to the winners. Subrata Das who timed 58 minutes and 21.46 seconds won the first prize of Rs. 15000 and a bicycle while ManajitDebbarma who timed 58 minutes and 25.27 second missed it by a whisker to bag the second prize of Rs.10,000 Kajal Chandra Das bagged the second runners up spot.

 In the Girls’ Category Ms Joyasri Das timed 36 minutes and 16 seconds for her run bagging the first prize of Rs.15,000 while Ms.HadijaBegam clocked 36 minutes and 34 seconds for the first runners up prize of Rs. 10,000.

All the winners were given a cycle along with the cash prize. 7 Cycles were given as consolation prizes for boys’ category while 2 cycles were given as consolation prizes in the girls’ category. 

UGC notifies for ‘swachh campus’


Agartala, August 13, 2018: Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) sought participation from all Colleges, Universities and Institutions in ‘Swachh Campus’ Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions. The modalities and criteria of participation and judgement for ‘Swachh Campus’ Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions: Toilet adequacy and maintenance; Garbage clearance systems; Hostel purity, storage, distribution facility; Campus greenery and Rain water harvesting; Use of solar systems; Village or neighbourhood adoption for hygiene.

Entries for ‘Swachh Campus’ ranking are open from August 9 2018 to August 23 2018. Best 10 institutions will be selected on the basis of submission and subsequent inspection of the campuses. Please visit http:// for further details and process of application. All submissions will need to be true and factual. This is an important activity which gives greater visibility to the institutions in terms of an essential aspect of campus.

PK Thakur, Secretary (offg) of University Grants Commission (UGC) directed to ensure the participation of the esteemed University and affiliated colleges in the ‘Swachh Campus’. Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions and fill up web based form online before August 23 2018 by logging in to MHRD website

Artist lineup for BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender


Shillong, August 2018: The Happiest Music Festival has just announced its much-awaited artist lineup for this year's Meghalaya edition. The ninth edition of the festival features some prominent global artists, including Poets of the Fall, Switchfoot, Guthrie Govan and Tiny Fingers. The festival also features some of the best artists from India including Shankar Mahadevan, Pentagram, Zero, TM Krishna, Dualist Inquiry, Scribe, Mohini Dey, Sandunes Live, and LANDS.

This time the festival is also excited to feature a wealth of talent from the north-east including Tipriti Kharbangar and the Clansmen, Dewdrops, Summersalt, and Zubeen Garg, who will also be playing a tribute to Bhupen Hazarika.

The festival is headed to the hills of Meghalaya – its fourth appearance in the state – on 2-3 November , before it heads to its home city, Pune on 7-9 December.  Since its inception, the BACARDÍ NH7 Weekender has featured over 540 artists from India and around the world, across a variety of genres, to over 500,000 fans. The festival has evolved to become one of the country's most beloved musical weekends as thousands of fans and discerning music lovers converge for an unforgettable experience.

Talking about the Meghalaya lineup, Supreet Kaur, Festival Director comments,”The core of our festival this year is variety and diversity, and the lineup is undoubtedly the most diverse it’s ever been. Over 83% of the artists performing at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender in Meghalaya are making their Weekender debut this year.

Listening to a thousand new artists each year is what keeps us excited, and we're happy to now share our discoveries with the fans. It's also key for us to celebrate local talent and 35% of this year’s festival lineup are from all over the North-East.”

I-Day, security beefed up in rail sector


Agartala, August 13, 2018: Security measures have been tightened in railway stations and establishments across the northeastern region ahead of Independence Day celebration. Special vigil has been made in Guwahati railway station which is the largest station in the region with some 40000 passengers travelling through it.

Officials in Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) said besides regular force RPF, special force RPSF are deployed in vulnerable places. NFR is also in receipt of CRPF contingents for purpose of security in the region.

PPFA slams militants, appeals for I-Day celebration


Guwahati, August 12, 2018: Patriotic People’s Front Assam (PPFA) has denounced the diktat of separatist militants on celebration of 72nd Independence Day (of India) and appealed to the people of northeastern region to observe the auspicious day with fanfare.

The PPFA argues that every Indian should hoist the national flag on I-Day and Republic Day, paying tributes to the martyrs of the country’s freedom struggle. Only an ungrateful nation can think of boycotting an occasion scheduled for honouring the martyrs, asserted the forum.

It may be noted that various armed rebel groups comprising United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent), co-ordination committee of RPF, UNLF, PREPAK, PREPAK (Pro) etc, asked the people of northeast India to boycott the I-Day on 15 August.

In a media statement, terming the region as Western South East Asia, the militant outfits called for total shutdown with effect from Tuesday midnight to Wednesday evening in the entire region. It also claimed that the I-Day celebrations were imposed in the area where as the people were demanding freedom from New Delhi’s unauthorized rule.

The PPFA, however, clarified that militants were only day dreaming to make the region independent out of India, as the people continue rejoicing the country’s independence.

Tripura Economy: Agrarian to NBFCs

Mrinal Kanti Banik

The trend that has been set with the introduction of Micro-finance or in other words growing operations of NBFCs(Non Banking Financial Companies) gradually discharging a rudimentary attack upon the economic growth of the state. It could firmly admitted after the Chit Fund betrayers, it is the second passive onslaught upon the underpreveliged section of the society. In fact, the banking agencies are also equally responsible in this regard for not accommodating adequate financial apathy through loans. 

As per the last economic review report published for financial year 2015-16, Tripura was standing in the 25th position in terms of growth GDP rank with a yearly augment of 7% and conceived 30th position as far as per capita income stats with an accountable figure of 71,666 INR. Whereas 42% of the total population was shown is contributing in the field of agriculture and the massive stress was given on the economical revelation. Which perhaps, shown the economical eco-system is not all okay for Tripura at all.

As of now an economic absurdity had grasped the entire state for a couple of years. An acute crisis of cash flow has emerged in the state which relatively encroached as a disruption of trade. Many financial experts of the state had revealed deep discontent over the issue and explained ‘Demonetization’ and ‘GST’ as resulting factors. But, if investigated from the close observatory fringes, it would be found that a strong and effective reason behind this absurdity is the increasing operations of NBFC’s (Non Banking Financial Institutions).

A large number of NBFC’s, basically Microfinance companies had started operating as a big role player for people as lenders. The companies had a stringent policy of making cluster groups and lending money making liable one another for the loans, people borrow. A study of an internationally recognized financial surveyor revealed that the general interest rates the micro-finance companies levy is generally lingers of  between 24% to 30% per annum which are much more than the double of the interest rate public sector bank offers. The highest interest rate that a centralized bank offers is 12.40% as elite personal loans.

Meanwhile, making the operation easy, those specific NBFCs are offering loans and savings in very alluring method. Even without any collateral security that a person should deposit before taking the loans.

It is also should be equally admitted that those economical lynching organization are budding their roots in all possible way, as an acute dearth of financial literacy and absconding attention of Banking officials of public sectors banks. The newly formed government which had raised a slogan of “self-entrepreneurship” in the state will face the strongest setback if such autocracy of investment and lending sustains long.

Basically, the underprivileged section is reclining on the adhesive persuasions of such lenders because there were no possible ways left for them to lend money.

The increasing burden of the loans later makes them once again to approach another such group and gradually the circle goes on. In Andhra Pradesh, the government had to pass an ordinance in the state in early 2015 to dominate the increment in the numbers of NBFCs. Later, taking a suo-motu in action the government shut down all the micro-finance companies for the coercive recollection proceedings. And Tripura is also more or less walking in the same way. (August 10, 2018)

Holy Cross pioneer Fr. Thomas buried

Correspondent / PR

Agartala, August 10, 2018: Fr. Thomas Thengumpally, a pioneer of Holy Cross in Tripura has been laid to rest on Friday. He passed away on Wednesday at Holy Cross Community House, Durjoynagar,  here. 

The 79 years old priest was ailing for sometime. He arrived in Tripura in the year 1968 and spent his life in the state till the end.

He had great love for the poor and needy and worked for their upliftment. Fr. Simon Fernandes, the Chairman of Holy Cross Society expressed great shock at his demise with words “We lost an elder brother who has been an inspiration to all of us, a vacuum has been created at his loss”.

Bishop Lumen Monteiro, the Bishop of Agartala grieving the loss of the great missionary said, “He was truly a spiritual person and cheerful giver, a great loss for the people of Tripura”. The funeral service will be held at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral, Durjoynagar at 11am on Friday before his burial.